Huron board member files injunction

Huron School Board member Kevin Asher has filed an injunction against the board, three board members and the school treasurer.
Sandusky Register Staff
Jul 2, 2012

Huron School Board member Kevin Asher has filed an injunction against the board, three board members and the school treasurer.

Asher, represented by W. Patrick Murray, has asked the court to grant him a temporary injunction preventing the school district for paying McGown & Markling for an investigative report it prepared for the district looking into the activities of superintendent Fred Fox. (See the McGown & Markling report HERE.)

Read the full document below.

Comments

1luckydog

I will unfortunatley take all my business to our neighbors to the west for my "hardware" buys.  I think this whole thing is ridiculous, and ashamed at being a resident of Huron because of the BS brought on by Mr Soweke    Mr Fox has done  an awesome job, and his personal life has nothing to do with any of what is going on.   I would like to see all Hurons employees emails posted , as his was.  I am sure most, in the employment of the City of Huron,  have used their email accts for personal use.   Three of our School Board Members need to go!

Still Sold on Fox 3

1LuckyDog-

I agree that Fred Fox has done an awesome job and that his personal life should have at least been kept private in this 'investigation'.

I also shop on the 'Irish' end of Huron and mostly because of price, although now I do not wonder why the prices on hardware are so high on the 'Italian' end of town.

If you wish to see all of the emails, I believe all you have to do is put in a request. They are public property. I might just have to request all email from all who 'testified' in the Markling report. It will be interesting to see which of them 'live in glass houses'.

donutshopguy

 Superintendents come and go. Board members come and go.  Who cares?

The community as a whole defines the direction and the educational experience of the students of Huron Public Schools.

A cat fight between bureaucrats is amusing not embarrassing for the community.

In fact this situation is a wonderful educational experience for older children.

 

Breaking the law is bad and there are consequences.

Adults are idiots when their egos rule their thought process.

candlemaker

Focus Folks!  Get back to basics instead of all this wandering through all that is Huron.  We have, unfortunately, a superintendent whose actions may be in direct violation of professional conduct required by educators and the Ohio Revised Code.  The process to get the school board to tackle these concerns has been difficult at the very least.  Mr. Fox's actions must be investigated, like it or not.  Unfortunately any good he has done in the past does not excuse any missteps he may have taken.  The ball is in the State's court.  The school board acted properly by putting questions about his actions at that level. 

As for so many of the other comments, they distract from the issues at hand.  Our School Board has rules too and, hopefully, they are following them; if not then they too will be held accountable.  They vote, there is a majority rule.  Sorry that the folks who held the "majority" in years past no longer have the same illusion of control.  And yes it is an illusion.  Each one of those board members is a concerned citizen and willingly took on the service to our schools.  Whether or not they have personal priorities, opinions, or even an agenda is what defines them, not necessarily what controls the school board.  They vote their knowledge and their conscience.  If we don't like their conduct, they don't file for re-election, they quit, or we vote them out.  Should be end of story; but sadly doesn't seem to be by some so-called Huron loyalists.  We are a small town with an important group of small businesses trying their best to make it in today's economy.  All of these businesses have employees with families to support.  When disgruntled community members try to "punish" board members by not buying a hammer or concrete they HURT Huron.  Why would any responsible member of our business community every want to run for school board if they thought they would jeoporadize their business and the fragile Huron economy through their membership on the board.

Same goes for all the comments about the football program and H-team.  For goodness sake, these are people who give time and sometimes money to help make things better for our kids.  We need more of this, not criticism of their volunteerism and support for Huron programs.

Fred Fox has caused a crisis in Huron, and deverting criticism away from him to all other things Huron does not make concerns about the superintendent go away. If anything, his actions should cause more questions to be raised.  The "Toolgate" issue still has many unanswered questions.  Why was Mr. Fox more interested in clearing his friend, Mr. Blogett from wrong doing than getting to the bottom of the very act of theft.  First, who requistioned the equipment?  Was this new equipment needed for the school operation, that when reported missing created difficulties for employees to do their jobs?  Or was this equipment "extras" and when finally returned created a duplication of equipment.  Even with missing tools mysteriously being returned, I still wonder if they were ever really needed, Since our tax dollars pay for such purchases, I would like reassurance that these were legitimate purchases to start with, even before they went missing.  Also, it has been said that the superintendent hired a private investigator to look into the problem.  If true, did the Board authorize payment for the private investigator?  If so, how much did they pay for these services?  And if so, is this the standard way our Superintendent dealt with personnel issues.  If not, then what prompted his actions in this case?

Many questions remain, but as we ask them I would hope we could stay focused on Mr. Fox, The Ohio Revised Code, the responsibilities of our school board.  There's more than enough to talk about there.  Let's leave our kids programs, school volunteers, and local businesses out of it.  Support our kids and our businesses!

 

 

 

Still Sold on Fox 3

Candlemaker-

Very well said, but if the only thing going on here was Fred Fox's supposid wrong doings then that's all we would have to talk about.

I'm in total agreement with you that because the 'issues' were raised that they need to be investigated. I do not agree with the way that the 'investigation' was handled but also am in agreement with you that board members are local people who stuck their necks out to be on the board.

Where I disagree, is that if you do not look farther into the mouth of the snake you'll never see what he ate.

Huron's a great place to live and has outstanding schools for the small tax base. We need to remember that. Who did that ? I would 'blame' Fred Fox and past boards for the prosperity.

Attack their businesses ? What exactly are these people doing to Fred Fox ? You think his 'business' will survive in this climate of hate ? I believe that if they want to be on the board that they should know that #1 they can no longer do business with the schools. That may not be fair but it's the law.

If the state finds Fred Fox 'guilty' of transgressions who hands out his penalty ? The state ! And if they find nothing in all that has been said, I will be amazed because none of us is 'without sin'. So where do we go from here ?

You seem to not understand that while we are waiting for the state's decision that we are going to sit here and speculate because that is all we have. No one is attacking the coveted H-Team, (ummmm Huron Athletic Boosters). No one is attacking the coach because essentially what he does for kids is a great thing. No one is attacking you, (yet), because you have written a very well thought out post that makes a lot of sense. Some are attacking me because I support Fred Fox, but I truly believe this all could have been avoided had not personal agendas gotten in the way.

I don't pretend to be able to sway your thoughts, but it sure seems like you may keep an open mind even when faced with such accusations. My message is why ? Why was it done in this manner ? Why would the Huron School Board jeopardize their relationship with Huron's top taxpayer ? Why would another board member file an injunction to stop the other three ? Why is this all happening ?

Let's wait and see what the state does, but in the meantime, DonutShopGuy and I are going to talk Huron sports.. lol

***Swamp F-
That's 6 in 40 minutes.. Going for the new record !

Still Sold on Fox 3

Support Fred Fox on Facebook !

http://www.facebook.com/SupportFredFox

Fred Fox is not responsible for, nor is Fred Fox involved in this Facebook page.

***And please, as Candlemaker said.. Stick to Fred Fox, the State of Ohio and the publicly published lawyer's 'investigation' and the injunction filed by Kevin Asher. Huron businesses will survive or fail on their own and we don't have many. I'm sorry I said I won't shop for hardware on the 'Italian' end of town. I was out of line. Although I only said I won't shop there. You make your own decision. Don't you ?

***Swamp F-
Lucky #7

Still Sold on Fox 3

Support Fred Fox on Facebook !

http://www.facebook.com/SupportFredFox

Fred Fox is not responsible for, nor is Fred Fox involved in this Facebook page.

 

 

***And the new record #8 in under 90 minutes, Swamp F ! (And not one of them is one sentence like you prefer ? I'll be expecting your one line reply. And I will expect it not to be positive about anything anyone has ever done. I'm going to get back to 'my life' now and will be back later hoping you do not reply to me from your work computer. After all.. the boss isn't paying you to chat with me)..

Still Sold on Fox 3

Support Fred Fox on Facebook !

http://www.facebook.com/SupportFredFox

Fred Fox is not responsible for, nor is Fred Fox involved in this Facebook page.

 

Still Sold on Fox 3

Support Fred Fox on Facebook !

http://www.facebook.com/SupportFredFox

Fred Fox is not responsible for, nor is Fred Fox involved in this Facebook page.

 

 

Tsu Dho Nimh

We interrupt this regularly scheduled posting for the following news break...SupportFredFox on Facebook now has 8 likes.  We now return to the scheduled posting.

Still Sold on Fox 3

TDN-

Unlike here, it's not anonymous so not everyone is ready to step up. Why don't you go and like it TDN. I will let you post anything you want to. Promise

Or.. start your own Facebook page. Call it 'The Truth'. Maybe you'll find it ?

donutshopguy

Sold on Fox 3,

Naw, that day Huron played Lake High School. The shootout  was the next week against Kenton. That was the best game i have ever whitnessed.

Still Sold on Fox 3

Kenton ! That's right. It was a great game. Another great game was in Lakewood. Another loss but we came back from behind. Having guys like Jim Fisher and Robby Majoy helps ! I remember one of the first playoff losses when we were also in Lakewood. Lou Groza visited the team at practice. The Tigers fought hard. Great memories !

Tsu Dho Nimh

Sold,

I have no interest in bashing Mr. Fox on your FB page.  You created it for those who support him and I respect those who believe in him in that I would not  misuse the page or bring in my own "agenda" as suggested in previous posts.

You are correct that FB does not allow people to conceal their identity.  But if someone truly believes he is not being treated fairly, why hide who you are?  Be proud and publicly supportive!  Eight members is sad if he really has supporters out there.  Having said that, good for you that you are willing to get a group started because you sound passionate about your stance.

Public forums such as this are not intended to put personal names out in the open but I assure you, I have made myself identifiable in other public venues and will continue to do so.   Attend things and listen.  Other than a few of my jokes, some you have found funny and others offensive, I say in public what I say here.

 

HuronCleanHouseNOW

 I am trying to fit all the pieces to the puzzle.  

Munafo SR coached football for a number of years.  Legando SR then came in and has coached for a number of years.  Munafo JR is assistant principal and in the M&M 50K report he seems not to speak so highly of the H-Team (football driven) and he brings to light a Legando JR event.  

Shouldn't these boys be buddies?  I'm sure there is some Huron Football Lore.  

Can anyone be coach or do you have to be a teacher?

donutshopguy

 HuronCleanHouseNOW,

I would say, at this time, 80% to 90% of assistant coaches in the football program are not teachers or affiliated with the public schools.

A lot of former players fill coaching roles at the junior high and high school.

They keep coming back to help and continue to be a part of this excellent program.  Well taught , discipline players make well taught, discipline coaches. At least for the last 50 years.

Tmm

This is for all you same idiots who have been doing nothing but bloging on this same story for the past month - get a fing life!  seriously, I relaize that this quite possibly my be the biggest thing that has ever affected you but take a freaking break.  let your computer rest and realize that no one realy cares what you have to say - that includes all the parties involved!

 

Fred Fox & the Huron City School Board

Tmm

This is for all you same idiots who have been doing nothing but bloging on this same story for the past month - get a fing life!  seriously, I relaize that this quite possibly my be the biggest thing that has ever affected you but take a freaking break.  let your computer rest and realize that no one realy cares what you have to say - that includes all the parties involved!

 

Fred Fox & the Huron City School Board

Still Sold on Fox 3

Tmm-

Time for you to take a freaking break, get a life, and quit spending all of your time reading these posts. Your boss would probably like you to work instead ?

Tmm

Still Sold - Im my own Boss - just like all the Huron Board members own their businesses and are their own Boss - its called doing something with your life instead of bloging all day and night...

Still Sold on Fox 3

Tmm-

If it took me most of the day to peck out one sentence with bad spelling, I wouldn't blog, either. Glad you have your own business and hope it's doing well.

I am retired from my own business and have done well. If I want to blog from the moment I get up until the moment I hit the bed it is my perogative, (there's time to look that one up, I'll wait).

Your opinion, mine.. we are entitled ! That's the good news about living in America. The bad news is that people can make accusations, print facicious reports and out and out spread rumors that desparaige a man's reputation and that's all right here, too ?

TMM.. you do what you want and I will, too. With the likes of you on the 'opposing' viewpoint here, I continue to feel comfortable about Fred Fox's situation.

Still Sold on Fox 3

HuronCleanHouseNow-

Munafo Jr knows what happened and why. There's Lagando's and Legando's and they all come from the same family. If the same family can't even get along, how would anyone expect other families ending in vowels to all get along.

They may not always like each other, but it isn't up to anyone else to criticize them and they will bond together and fight the critic. Pack rules.

The H-Team is a group of Huron Athletic Boosters who'se interest is 'usually' the football program. They are a fun bunch of active individuals who do not allow the politics of the school district get in the way of what they want to accomplish.

See DonutShopGuy and join in the fun. But.. Join the Huron Athletic Boosters first !

Still Sold on Fox 3

TDN-

The only people that know about the Support Fred Fox Facebook page are reading it here on this forum, so 8 out of the 15 of us who post here isn't too bad.. lol

I didn't ask you to come there and bash Fred Fox, I was asking you to come there and post. Your posts are usually well thought out although I have my own opinions as to who needs to be recalled from the Huron Board of Ed.

Let's run this whole thing through:

(And by the way. For those of you bored with this topic.. go write a review on the Obama visit and let us talk. No one ever said you HAVE to read anything I post. There's no rule or law that compells you to do so.)

Fred Fox 'alledgidly'

1)  Was reimbursed(sp?) for 'personal' travel to a conference in Arizona
2)  Had an affair
3)  Took golf and lodging as reimbursment for his 'influence' on tax abatement
4)  and in addition, Fred Fox covered up 'toolgate'

A report was generated by an attorney hired to do 10 free hours of work, for which the attorney billed the Huron City Schools $50,000.

Two members of the Huron City School's Board of Education did not want to pay for a $50,000 report that was not authorized, (Cannot be authorized except in an actual meeting).

One member of the Huron City School's Board of Education took it upon himself to get the $50,000 unofficially unauthorized report entered into the public record to make sure the public knew what was being investigated and to turn public sentiment.

Another member of the Huron City School's Board of Education filed an injunction to stop the school district from paying for the $50,000 report because it was unauthorized and was completely slanted to make Fred Fox look terrible.

The Sandusky Register, although having not one 'Huron expert' on their editorial board deems the injunction a 'red herring' when in actuality the Markling report was the 'red herring'.

TDN-
While this all makes for good reading and debate the truth is that the Markling report is not worth $50,000 or even the paper it's written on.

There is a lot wrong with our beloved Huron schools, but Fred Fox is not one of those things. He has been effective thus making him a target of those less effective. Fred Fox is actually a pawn in this game and the stakes are high.

You seem to know the people involved which is why I am going to ask you this: Everyone who is involved in this mess.. Who do you believe is telling the absolute truth and why ?

There's a simple answer for me. Fred Fox is telling the truth. What he has ever done wrong in his life pales in comparison to how others are using the 'perceived' power of the Board of Education to ruin a man's career and reputation because in doing his job over the years he has definately ruffled feathers. What effective person doesn't ?

The Board is made up of people who are not professional board members and at this time it shows. They are just people who got involved and got caught up. They don't know ALL of the correct things to do and as we look in hindsite we think we have the answers, but who really knows the truth besides Fred Fox ?

So.. If my supporting Fred Fox because of what I know of him is a heinas(sp?) thing then I am heinas, too. But.. I can sleep at night and I have a hard time believing the current Huron Board of Education can ?

 

Jocko

I have to admit this is all intriguing but the whole thing makes me sad. I know people on both sides of the fence and I pretty much like them all. This attorney involvement is going to get ugly though.....just makes me sad....from a 19 year Huron resident who is still a Parma boy....it's much better being a small fish in a big pond rather than a large fish in a small pond.....just saying....just sad......

Swamp Fox

Fred is not responsible for the facebook page he's to busy on the dating websites, at least now he is doing it on his own time.    Time for Asher & Caporini to resign...

Still Sold on Fox 3

Swamp F-

'Fred is not responsible for the facebook page he's to busy on the dating websites, at least now he is doing it on his own time.'

Seriously... This is some funny stuff. If there was a 'LIKE' button I would have hit it. lol

Tsu Dho Nimh

Sold 3

Contrary to what you believe, I do not know anyone involved in this mess.  Never met Fred Fox, the "puppet master", Mr. Slocum, Mrs. Green, Mr. Asher, or former member Mrs. Bulea.  I have met Mr. Sowecke and seen Mr. Caporini because I have visited their businesses.  I have been out with my spouse when friendly "hellos" have been exhanged but never formally introduced to Mr. Caporini.  I am not even from this area originally but made it my home 20 years ago.  I have no emotional connection or allegiences to this at all.  Odds are, we have been in Drug Mart, IGA, Huron Market or at a local gas station and stood in line next to one another sometime during the last 20 years but if I knocked at your door this evening, you would have no clue who I am.

The reason I have been interested in this is because the actions of certain board members and the superintendent infuriates me.  There has been an abuse of authority amongst the previous board and the superintendent.  There is enough evidence to tell me that some of them feel an entitlement  to my taxpayers dollars and yours.  My conclusions are based on public records, not the Markling report.  Was a $50,000 report necessary?  No, but you can thank two of the board members.  If they would have done the right thing back in 2010 and 2011, then we would not be where we are at today.  My conclusions are based on logic, not my emotions.

Still Sold on Fox 3

Why do people keep bringing up Nancy Bulea ?

I don't see her connection to any of this ? Was she on the board when Fred Fox took the Arizona trip or when 'toolgate' happened ?

Tmm

still sold  - you are truely psychotic.  this fiasco has appearently given your life meaning hasn't it!  i'm guessing you just recently discovered bloging as your new calling.  nothing else to do in retirement then to defend someone who has no defense?  throw out eveything (kalahari/arizona trip) except the FACT that Fox was conducting an affair while he should have been working as a Superintendant of a public school system and he should be fired. Period! (and he will be based on that alone)  If you were in fact a business owner and found out your employee was screwing around while he should have been working would he remain employed by you?

I tell you what Sold - your retired so I assume you are of the age where you were brought up communicating face to face.  I'm at the Huron boat basin docked directly behind the stage - come on down and we can talk about the issue instead of you spewing crap on this blog for the past month. 

Still Sold on Fox 3

Tmm-

Hahahaha..   You're killing me dude. This fiasco, (and that word completely describes it), is giving me, and others, a chance to discuss the who's, what's and where's of Huron's schools, but your guess would be off as I have been a blogger for years.. before it was even called blogging. My topics are usually not this narrow, but I'm not sure anyone here would care about the fun things I usually discuss ?

Fred Fox was 'alledgidly' having an affair while working. 'Alledgidly' being the key word. If I had an employee 'alledgidly' having an affair while he/she was supposed to have been working I sure as Hell would find out the facts before firing and I sure as Hell would not release the 'rumors' to the press and broadcast my employee's supposed indescrestions before I found out if the 'rumors' were true, (not just to make sure the public believed them even before they were found to be reliable ?).

I retired very early Tmm, because I knew what I was doing and did it well. I can only hope you end up doing the same. Thanks for the invite. Turns out I was in that neighborhood, but only read your post this morning. I have absolutely no problem discussing this 'fiasco' in public and do not consider my spewing to be crap, but as I posted directly to you before several times: You are not forced to read the crap I spew. It is your choice and since we agree to disagree I will assume you are not going to change your mind and rest assured no matter what 'truth' is found I will always stand by Fred Fox. He has earned that loyalty and unlike most, I will not let a 1,000 at-a-boys be erased with 3 accusations.

Happy boating !

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